The Art of Sprouting
April 30, 2012 § 4 Comments
Artists need joie de vivre in whatever form it takes. So, this week I thought I would share one such life pursuit of my own, The Art of the Sprout. Sprouting food from seed can be a healthy, radical way to supplement your family’s diet as well as an economically savvy practice.
I don’t believe the exhausted cliche that good art comes from a manic lifestyle. In my experience, the more balanced and enriched your life becomes, the better the art you will make. By regularly practicing positive activities, I believe that artists can replenish the inner wellspring that feeds their artwork.
Alfalfa sprouts are crazy nutritious edibles.
They contain calcium, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, zinc, as well as Vitamins A, B complex, B12, C, E and K.
Some other favorite sprouts grown in our home include green lentils, adzuki and mung beans, clover and broccoli, and the occasional batch of spicy radish seeds.
Pictured above, The Grim Reaper of Houseplants also known as The Plant Slayer also known as our cat Little Nova, graces us with her presence only to lick her chops as a reminder that she alone decides which plants shall live and which shall die. Thankfully sprouts are grown in glass jars.
Complementing our kitchen grown sprouts, we currently have a small urban garden with bell peppers, jalapenos, basil, cherry tomatoes, spinach and lettuce plants. As we live in an apartment here in Portland, OR our garden is growing in clay pots on our porch.
Thanks for reading, and happy sprouting!
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